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Rob Elshire

Kushner -- A Cheap Movie Villan Knock Off?

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I have a theory that Jared Kushner (like many of the characters in the Trump inner circle) is a cheap knock off of a fictional villan. The movie Hudson Hawk came out when Jared was 10 years old. Is it possible that he saw this movie and fancied himself the super rich sociopath Darwin Mayflower? Sounds like a posh white 'merican upper class name.... Every child must have aspirational goals.

If Jared was a brilliant self-made billionaire, he might come off as more than a wanna be Darwin Mayflower. The truth is less flattering. See below.

The one on the left.

Rob Elshire

Kushner’s COVID-19 Team Ended Plan For Nationwide Testing Because They Didn’t Want To Help Blue States

This is being reported in various news outlets. If this is true, it is one of the most callous and inhumane decisions I have ever heard of.

Rob Elshire

Why I Won't Vote for Biden or Trump

I'm a Gen Xer that became politically aware in the 1980's. My understanding broadened and matured in the 90's when it was very clear that neoliberal economic based politics (whether from Democrats or Republicans) was hurting most of people. Racism was used as a tool to divide the working class. Sexism, just a normal part of the way the world works. It just got worse from there.

In 2016, for the first time since I became eligible to vote for president, I decided not to vote. Given the choice between two members of the "Fuck you, I've got mine" ruling class, I wasn't going to lend my support to a corrupt system. In 2020, we've got the same choice, again. Another "Fuck you" from the boomer ruling class. This is the last time that I will be eligible to vote in a U.S. presidential election. I will write in my vote for Bernard Sanders.

Rob Elshire

City Enters Phase 4 Of Pretending Coronavirus Over

This looks a lot like the articles in the Indianapolis Star recently.

EDIT: Maybe leadership from the POTUS.

Rob Elshire

In the Wake of George Floyd’s Murder, the Image of Colin Kaepernick Kneeling Goes Viral Again | Vogue

Heartbreaking this SNAFU. The Vogue article below shows that America should be ashamed of itself.

 

Lebron James Instagram

Lebron James via Instagram

Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.

-- President John F. Kennedy

 

Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey from an NBC interview.

"What we've seen over the last two days ... is the result of so much built-up anger and sadness," he told reporters. "Anger and sadness that has been ingrained in our black community, not just because of five minutes of horror, but 400 years.”

 

Minneapolis riots after George Floyd's murder.

Minneapolis riots after George Floyd's murder by police officer.

 

Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts.

-- President Donald J. Trump via twitter

 

Trump offers gasoline as a solution. We know what to expect from his supporters. The ruling class benefits from pitting groups of people against one another. Social justice movements work for everyone. Black Lives Matter is a social justice movement. So is the Palestinian led BDS (Boycott, Divest, and Sanction) movement.

To the Christians who talk about what 'those people' should and should not do, maybe you could consider this:

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

King James Bible Mathew 25:40

and

Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

King James Bible Galations 6:2

This person, with a clear understanding of what systemic oppression does , who for decades has put these words into action was my best hope for change in the United States.

 

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders arrested while protesting housing discrimination.

Would that life in the US in 2020 reflected the words of the Rolling Stones.

You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you just might find
You get what you need

Unfortunately, it is NWA's music that is appropriate, still.

Rob Elshire

there are moments in time when people need to live their convictions | MetaFilter

This metafilter post was 18 months ago. Now the president has been impeached. His trial in the senate is looking to be a total sham(e).

The same man who callusly put children in cages was a speaker at the annual march-for-life rally just a few days ago. From their website

The right to life is a human right. Our defense of that right is a joyful witness to the beauty and dignity of every human person.

Tell me again how caging children and calling them animals supports the 'dignity of every human person.' It seems to me that having Trump speak at this rally reveals exactly what these people think of children. It is not pretty.

And no, Jeffrey Epstein did not kill himself.

Rob Elshire

'An anguished question from a Trump supporter: "Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?"

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The following is by Florida writer Adam-Troy Castro, shared by a friend on FB: 'An anguished question from a Trump supporter: "Why do liberals think Trump supporters are stupid?" The serious answer: Here’s what we really think about Trump supporters - the rich, the poor, the malignant and the innocently well-meaning, the ones who think and the ones who don't...

That when you saw a man who had owned a fraudulent University, intent on scamming poor people, you thought "Fine." That when you saw a man who had made it his business practice to stiff his creditors, you said, "Okay." That when you heard him proudly brag about his own history of sexual abuse, you said, "No problem." That when he made up stories about seeing muslim-Americans in the thousands cheering the destruction of the World Trade Center, you said, "Not an issue." That when you saw him brag that he could shoot a man on Fifth Avenue and you wouldn't care, you chirped, "He sure knows me."

That when you heard him illustrate his own character by telling that cute story about the elderly guest bleeding on the floor at his country club, the story about how he turned his back and how it was all an imposition on him, you said, "That's cool!" That when you saw him mock the disabled, you thought it was the funniest thing you ever saw. That when you heard him brag that he doesn't read books, you said, "Well, who has time?" That when the Central Park Five were compensated as innocent men convicted of a crime they didn't commit, and he angrily said that they should still be in prison, you said, "That makes sense." That when you heard him tell his supporters to beat up protesters and that he would hire attorneys, you thought, "Yes!"

That when you heard him tell one rally to confiscate a man's coat before throwing him out into the freezing cold, you said, "What a great guy!" That you have watched the parade of neo-Nazis and white supremacists with whom he curries favor, while refusing to condemn outright Nazis, and you have said, "Thumbs up!" That you hear him unable to talk to foreign dignitaries without insulting their countries and demanding that they praise his electoral win, you said, "That's the way I want my President to be." That you have watched him remove expertise from all layers of government in favor of people who make money off of eliminating protections in the industries they're supposed to be regulating and you have said, "What a genius!" That you have heard him continue to profit from his businesses, in part by leveraging his position as President, to the point of overcharging the Secret Service for space in the properties he owns, and you have said, "That's smart!"

That you have heard him say that it was difficult to help Puerto Rico because it was the middle of water and you have said, "That makes sense." That you have seen him start fights with every country from Canada to New Zealand while praising Russia and quote, "falling in love" with the dictator of North Korea, and you have said, "That's statesmanship!" That Trump separated children from their families and put them in cages, managed to lose track of 1500 kids. has opened a tent city incarceration camp in the desert in Texas - he explains that they’re just “animals” - and you say, “well, ok then.”

That you have witnessed all the thousand and one other manifestations of corruption and low moral character and outright animalistic rudeness and contempt for you, the working American voter, and you still show up grinning and wearing your MAGA hats and threatening to beat up anybody who says otherwise. What you don't get, Trump supporters in 2019, is that succumbing to frustration and thinking of you as stupid may be wrong and unhelpful, but it's also...hear me...charitable.

Because if you're NOT stupid, we must turn to other explanations, and most of them are less flattering.'

Rob Elshire